Photography: sci-fi & dark fantasy – cosmic artefacts cthulhu mythos relics and architecture from an alien culture.
So you’re cruising around the open landscape, maybe it’s a post-apocalyptic future, or maybe you’re just somewhere really remote, and then you come across a structure that doesn’t make any sense. Your brain questions what you’re eyes are conveying. And maybe the air grows unnaturally chilly, you sense a smell, like ozone and the build up of eletrical energy; you begin to feel uneasy, as if perhaps, there is something intelligence and malign observing you…waiting. Your scalp contracts, the hairs on the back of your neck tingle and you shudder involuntarily.
You often come across descriptions of strange objects found in bleak and remote locations within Mythos fiction (H.P.Lovecraft; August Derleth), exuding alien energies from impossible dimensions beyond the veil of the Outer Chaos, but the photographs of Jan Kempenaers within his book “SPOMENIK” really nails it. And these are photographs. Not digital art, not fantasy renderings. Kempenaers took and collated these amazing images as he travelled around monuments in former Yugoslavia.
Here’s some blurb from his website:
“The Antwerp-based photographer Jan Kempenaers undertook a laborious trek through the Balkans in order to photograph a series of these mysterious objects. He captures the Spomeniks in the misty mountain landscape at sundown. Looking at the photographs one must admit to a certain embarrassment. We see the powerful beauty of the monumental sculptures and we catch ourselves forgetting the victims in whose name they were built.”
– Willem Jan Neutelings
SPOMENIK Book ¦ Jan Kempenaers
published by Roma Publications
64 pp, hardcover
33 x 24 cm
ISBN 978 90 77459 50 8
Jan Kempenaers website
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